Friday, 10 April 2015

Tasmania Travel Pt 12: A Day Tour To Freycinet National Park

We are visiting Freycinet National Park today and are already wondering whether 
its beauty can match that of Cradle Mountain National Park which we visited the day before.  
It is quite a long journey to the east coast where the park is located. Enroute we stop to visit a wildlife park (East Coast Natureworld) and to pack our lunch. Looks like we are going to do a lot of walking and hiking again today.
Approaching Freycinet National Park, we pass through the township of Coles Bay. The red and pink granite peaks (also called The Hazards), which are famous features of the park are already in view and they look stunning indeed.

Our itinerary at Freycinet National Park includes a short walk at Cape Tourville, hiking up to Wineglass Bay Lookout and a visit to Honeymoon Bay and Sleepy Bay. 

1) Cape Tourville Walk
The Cape Tourville walk is a 600m circuit around the cliffline on boardwalked track. The highlights are gorgeous, eye-popping scenery and a lighthouse.

Wild Tasmanian flowers along the path
Plants I've never seen before.
There are several lookout points.
The lighthouse (built in 1971).

2) Hiking Up To Wineglass Bay Lookout
Our next hike is on a well constructed 1.5km track that leads from the carpark to Wineglass Bay Lookout. The hike is easy initially but gets tougher as the track becomes steeper. This track winds its way to a rocky lookout perched between the twin peak of Mt Amos and Mt Mayson. For some this hike may be a breeze but for me it is rather draining.
There are many eucalyptus trees along the path and you can savour its fragrance by squashing the leaves between the palms. Somehow this provides some relief to the fatigue.
A unique rock.
Endless stairs
Nice view at some points
And what a relief. We are finally here.
The trophy for my hard work? A beautiful view of Wineglass Bay. 
Wineglass Bay is an azure bay with pristine white beach.
Graham our tour guide is so fit, he can easily hike up and down this lookout twice when I would still be struggling to reach it.

3) Honeymoon Bay And Sleepy Bay
     After a tedious hike it is time to relax. We are going to hang out at Honeymoon Bay
     and Sleepy Bay.
Shaped like a fan and completely sheltered by the wind, Honeymoon Bay is one of the most beautiful bays I have seen. 
Sleepy Bay is a very rocky bay at the foothill of The Hazards.
Huge granite rocks sticking out from the sea.
This bay is home to a few species of birds.
We made a pit stop at another bay (name unknown). It is a beautiful circular shaped bay but the beach is not very clean here.

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